Peterhof Palace and Garden (Petrodvorets) Tours

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It’s easy to see why Peterhof Palace (Petrodvorets), a magnificent complex of palaces and gardens stretching along the St. Petersburg seafront, is called the Russian Versailles. Fronted by the opulent Grand Palace and displaying a rich variety of architectural styles, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the city’s most visited attractions.

The Basics
Behold the lavish interiors of the Peterhof Grand Palace on a guided tour; stroll around the Upper Garden and Lower Park; and visit Monplaisir Palace, Marly Palace, the Peterhof Hermitage, and the Cottage Palace of Nicholas I in Alexandria Park. With so much to explore, the most convenient way to visit Peterhof is with a tour guide, and there is a wide selection of small-group and private tours, shore excursions, and combination tickets for the various palaces and museums. Many tours include convenient hotel pickup and drop-off.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Peterhof Palace is a must-see for fans of Russian history, architecture, and all-around opulence.
  • Audio guides and AudioPen guides are available in four different languages.
  • Most parts of the palaces and gardens are accessible to wheelchair users, and free wheelchair rental is available.
  • There is free Wi-Fi in the Upper Garden and Lower Park.

How to Get There
Peterhof is located 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of central St. Petersburg. If you’re not visiting with a tour, hydrofoil ferries run across the Gulf of Finland, setting sail from the jetty just outside the State Hermitage Museum and docking by Peterhof’s Lower Park. Alternatively, trains run from Baltiyskiy Station to Noviy Peterhof, from where it’s a 20-minute walk or 10-minute bus ride to the Upper Garden. 

When to Get There
The palace and gardens are open to visitors year-round, although the most popular time to visit is from May to October, when the garden’s famous fountains are in operation. This is also the busiest period and long lines are common, especially in July and August. Opting to visit in winter means far fewer crowds, and the palace is a magical sight when blanketed in snow—but be sure to wrap up warm! 

Highlights of Peterhof Palace
Designed by Peter the Great in the 18th century, the Peterhof Grand Palace is truly spectacular. Marvel at the throne room, ballroom, ceremonial staircase, and crown room. Highlights of the formal gardens include the Fountain of Neptune in the Upper Garden, the Marine Canal and Grand Cascade at the entrance to the Grand Palace, the Pyramid Fountain, and the Trick Fountains. 
Location
Address: Petrgof (Петергоф), Peterhof, Russia
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Hours: Garden open daily.
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Skip-the-Line Entrance Tickets to Peterhof Grand Palace

Travelers short on time in St Petersburg shouldn’t waste time lining up to enter the most popular attractions. With this skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Peterhof Grand Palace you’ll be able to head straight inside the palace and grounds, leaving more time for exploration. Once inside, choose to explore on your own or on a guided tour, to suit your own needs and interests.
  • Duration: 1 day
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US$18,75
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  • Duration: 1 day
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St. Petersburg 3-Day Grand Shore Excursion

This 3-day tour of St. Petersburg is perfect for cruise ship guests making a stop in the city because it’s visa-free and includes all transportation. See popular places, such as the Russian-Orthodox Peter and Paul Cathedral, Catherine Palace, and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Gain early entry into The Hermitage and the Peterhof Gardens. Visit the Faberge Museum, and then head to Yusupov Palace to walk through the Rasputin exhibit. Plus, see the city sights by boat on a cruise along a river and canal.
  • Duration: 1 day 2 hours
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US$385,00
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  • Duration: 1 day 2 hours
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1 Day Imperial Saint Petersburg Highlights Tour Visas Included

Walk in the shadows of Russia’s emperors on a full-day imperial St Petersburg tour, with cruise port pickup and drop-off, and Russian visa included. With an expert guide, travel between the city's highlights by air-conditioned vehicle as you learn about its tumultuous royal history. View world-famous art at the Hermitage in the Winter Palace, and marvel at the onion-spired Church on Spilled Blood, built on the site of Alexander III's assassination.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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US$115,52
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Imperial Residences Day Trip to Peterhof and Catherine Palace by Car

Devote your attention to two of Russia’s most celebrated imperial residences on a private 7-hour tour from St. Petersburg. Leave the city for the baroque Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo. Tour the interiors as you hear about the tsars who lived here, and see the showpiece Amber Room and gardens. Afterward, explore the palace and parks of the Peterhof estate, including the world-famous Grand Cascade fountains. Hotel pickup and drop-off, plus entrance fees included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$85,20
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private St. Petersburg 2-Day All-Inclusive Shore Excursion

Experience all St. Petersburg’s highlights on this 2-day visa-free private shore excursion. Gather a private group and tour the Peterhof’s fountains, the baroque Catherine Palace with its Amber Room, and many other must-sees, including the Yusupov Palace, Hermitage, and Church on Spilled Blood. Plus, enjoy a canal cruise and an optional evening activity such as a ballet, Faberge Museum, or shopping expedition. Includes private transport, skip-the-line admission to the sights, plus port pickups and drop-offs.
  • Duration: 18 hours
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US$369,00
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  • Duration: 18 hours
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Half Day Tour of Peterhof (Petrodvorets)

Take a half-day tour of Peterhof, St Petersburg’s most prominent and elaborate Imperial estate. In a group of no more than six people, you’ll explore the Lower Park, Grand Palace and Upper Garden, each of which are extravagant in their own right. Learn about Peterhof’s history and hear tales of Tsar Peter the Great as you discover the estate’s fountains, gardens and opulence with your guide.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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2 Day Visa-Free Small Group Moderate Shore Excursion of Saint-Petersburg

See the best that St. Petersburg has to offer during this 2-day small-group shore excursion. Visit key landmarks like Peterhof, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the Hermitage Museum, as well as a trip to Pushkin. Discover the rich history and culture of Russia as you explore the former imperial capital and enjoy visa-free access to the city for cruise ship and ferry passengers.
  • Duration: 19 hours
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US$240,00
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  • Duration: 19 hours
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5-Hour Private Tour of Peterhof Palace and Park with Skip-the-Line Tickets

Embark on a 5-hour guided tour of St Petersburg's Perterhof Palace and gardens, often referred to as 'the Russian Versailles.' Set out from your city center hotel by either private vehicle or speedy hydrofoil boat to descend on the impressive complex, known especially for its 150 outdoor fountains including the Grand Cascade—with over 200 bronze statues. Stroll the grounds while enjoying the beauty of this magnificent summer palace and learning its origins.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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US$67,20
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Skip-The-Line Private Tours: Tsarkoye Selo and Peterhof from St.Petersburg

Skip the lines at the glorious imperial residences of the Peterhof and Catherine Palaces on a private day trip from St Petersburg. Avoid the crowds with early access (May to October only) to the Peterhof; and admire the interiors and Lower Garden fountains, all brainchilds of Peter the Great. After time for lunch (own expense), continue to Tsarskoye Selo and tour the baroque Catherine Palace. See the world-famous Amber Room among others, hear the mystery of the original amber panels, and enjoy the ornamental gardens before returning to St Petersburg.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour: Peterhof Palace in St Petersburg

Immerse yourself in the imperial majesty of Peterhof Palace on a private half-day tour from St Petersburg. With a knowledgeable guide, explore the opulent chambers and resplendent gardens of the landmark regularly likened to the Palace of Versailles. Marvel at architectural highlights like the Grand Palace, the Monplaisir Villa and the Grand Cascade in the Lower Park as you delve into the fascinating history of the treasured monument. Receive the undivided attention of your guide and adapt the itinerary of this private tour to suit your interests.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$98,07
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Peterhof Tour with Return by Hydrofoil from St. Petersburg

Witness the grandeur of Peterhof inside and out on a private 5-hour tour from St Petersburg. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle to the estate, enjoy priority access, and awe at the extravagant interiors and gardens with an art-historian guide. Admire showpieces such as the Throne Room and Ballroom as you hear how Peter the Great designed the palace in the early 1700s. Stroll through the Upper Garden and fountain-studded Lower Park; and view highlights such as Peter’s original Monplaisir palace. Finish with a relaxing, scenic boat ride back to St Petersburg.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Imperial Residence Tour with Catherine Palace and Peterhof

Tour two of greater St Petersburg's most magnificent properties with a full-long visit to Catherine Palace and Peterhof. Set out from your port of call to marvel at the sheer beauty of these former imperial residences, exploring Catherine Palace's recreated Amber Room and wandering the fountain-filled garden grounds of Peterhof and its Grand Palace. Your tour also includes a classic Russian lunch in a local restaurant.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$164,03
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Peterhof Grand Palace and Park VIP Admission Tour

Get the most from a visit to St Petersburg's Peterhof Grand Palace and Park with VIP early admission to the palace’s interiors on this private 5-hour tour. Accompanied by an expert personal guide, enjoy VIP skip-the-line access inside the palace, ahead of the main crowds. Learn about Peter the Great’s maritime passions and plans for the seafront estate; and admire the grand interiors, including the Throne Room and White Dining Room. Then, take a walking tour around the fountain-adorned Lower Park, seeing the showpiece Grand Cascade fountains and other highpoints.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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US$45,00
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St. Petersburg Private Tour: Peterhof Palace and Fountains by Hydrofoil with Skip-the-Line Tickets

If you have time for one big attraction during a summer visit to St. Petersburg, the Peterhof is a must. This 5-hour private tour takes you to this grand royal complex, the brainchild of Peter the Great, between May and September, when its fountains are running. Explore the Grand Palace, gardens, and Peter’s Monplaisir summer villa, and admire the playing fountains of the Grand Cascade. Skip-the-line entry, return hydrofoil transport, and hotel pickup included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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US$102,00
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Private Peterhof Tour from St Petersburg

The Peterhof is one of St. Petersburg's most popular draws, and this private 7-hour tour really does the 18th-century complex justice. Ride a hydrofoil to the magnificent palace and park, and enjoy a personalized tour. Admire the Grand Palace and smaller summer palaces, and stroll around highlights such as the Grand Cascade fountain, trick fountains, gardens, statues and more. Lunch, hydrofoil tickets and entrance fees are at your own expense.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$119,00
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Day Trip: Peterhof with Russian Lunch & Russian Vodka and Exclusive Visit to Special Storeroom and Emperor's Bath House

Enjoy a comprehensive visit to the Peterhof palace complex on this private day trip from St Petersburg. With a knowledgeable guide, be wowed by the grandeur of this UNESCO World Heritage–listed royal site, known as the ‘Russian Versailles,’ as you take in gardens and fountains around the Grand Cascade. Learn about St Petersburg’s imperial history, visit the Special Storeroom to see tsar artifacts, check out the Emperor’s Bath House and enjoy an included lunch of traditional Russian dishes. With a private tour, you can expect a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$149,00
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Private Day Trip by Hydrofoil: Peterhof Parks and Palaces from St.Petersburg

Devote a day to the glories of St Petersburg’s Peterhof Palace on a private tour, with round-trip hydrofoil transfers. Ride a hydrofoil to this stunning palace complex on the city’s outskirts, dubbed the ‘Russian Versailles’ and set overlooking the Gulf of Finland. With a private guide, tour the main palace to see highlights such as the Throne Room and White Dining Room. Learn about Peter the Great’s vision for the estate, admire the spectacular fountains in the Lower Gardens, and enjoy a guided tour of Monplaisir, Peter’s beloved summerhouse-style retreat.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$145,00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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St Petersburg Private Custom Day Tour

Enjoy your perfect sightseeing itinerary in St Petersburg with a full-day, private custom tour. Inform your personal guide in advance what you want to see, and enjoy the priority access that comes with pre-booked tickets. Perhaps visit the Hermitage and tsarist retreats of the Peterhof or Catherine Palace. Or, enjoy a mix of smaller gems such as the Yusupov Palace and Fabergé Museum, leaving time to discover St Petersburg’s food or shopping scene in between.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$150,00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Happy Tour 2 Day St Petersburg Shore Excursion

While your cruise ship is docked in St. Petersburg, this two-day tour is an ideal way to get a comprehensive overview of the city's key sights, as well as attractions just outside the city, such as Peterhof's Fountain Park and Catherine Palace in Pushkin. You are picked up at the cruise-ship dock each morning in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan; this small-group excursion ensures personalized service from your guide. An optional evening program is available. Return to the cruise-ship dock is included each day.
  • Duration: 2 days
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US$202,15
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  • Duration: 2 days
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St Petersburg Shore Excursion: City Tour with Hermitage Museum and Peterhof

Take a day-long guided tour of St Petersburg and nearby Peterhof with round-trip transport from your port of call. This small group shore excursion visits some of the city's most beloved attractions, including Peter and Paul Fortress (its original citadel) and the Hermitage, an incomparable museum housing millions of artworks from around the world. You'll also stop by Peterhof—known for its incredible array of outdoor fountains—and enjoy lunch at a Russian restaurant.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$149,02
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private: Peterhof Early Admission and Raketa Watch Factory

Enjoy fast-track entry and beat the crowds on this 5-hour private tour of the Peterhof in St Petersburg, including a visit to the Petrodvorets watch factory. Enjoy early admission to the Peterhof (May to October only), and see highlights including the Throne Room and White Dining Room. Learn about the palace’s history, and explore the fountain-adorned Lower Gardens. Admire the Grand Cascade and other fountains, and perhaps catch the switching-on ceremony. Later, tour the Petrodvorets watch factory, the oldest in Russia, to see famous, Raketa-branded watches being made from scratch.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Half Day Tour to Peterhof by Hydrofoil from St Petersburg

Set out via high-speed hydrofoil for a half-day tour of Peterhof, often called the 'Russian Versailles.' Explore its exquisite grounds―known for their dozens of fountains and hundreds of bronze sculptures―and visit the Lower Park, which boasts a symmetrical layout. Along the way you'll learn how Peterhof gets its water and have an opportunity to admire the Grand Cascade―Petershof's largest fountain ensemble―from in front of the Grand Palace.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Customizable Full-Day Private Shore Excursion: St. Petersburg City Tour

Cruise ship passengers can make the most of their time on land in this private day tour in St Petersburg. The itinerary is fully customizable to suit your interests and needs. Visit the must-see churches, palaces, and museums, or choose a more low-key schedule: it’s up to you. This is the hassle-free way of seeing and doing as much as you want in St Petersburg in a day.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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US$407,00
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Majestic Saint-Petersburg in 2-Day Visa-Free Shore Excursion

Ticking off St Petersburg’s many highlights can be difficult on limited time. Discover Russia’s cultural capital on a 2-day shore excursion, and follow a comprehensive sightseeing itinerary to visit landmarks including Catherine Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress, and the Church of the Savior on Blood. Benefit from provided headsets to hear your guide’s insights clearly, and avoid hidden costs with entrance fees included in the price.
  • Duration: 16 hours
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US$210,00
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  • Duration: 16 hours
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St.Petersburg Imperial Residences: Tour of Catherine Palace and Peterhoff Gardens

Visit two of St Petersburg’s imperial showpieces — the Catherine Palace and Peterhoff Gardens — on a 7-hour, expertly guided tour. Uncover Russia’s imperial history on route to Tsarkoe Selo’s Catherine Palace. Explore the lavish palace, named by Elizabeth I after her mother, Catherine I, and behold the world-famous Amber Room and Golden Suite rooms. Later, explore the exquisite Lower Gardens of the Peterhoff Palace. Admire the stunning Grand Cascade fountains and other highlights including the Monplaisir Palace, Peter the Great’s favored retreat. Avoid the main lines with priority access at both sights.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$170,00
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